Top African Music Albums




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RankAll Time
Rank
ArtistAlbumYearSubgenre(s)Other Genre(s)
1 704 King Sunny Adé Juju Music 1982 Jj
2 1057 Youssou N'Dour Immigres / Bitim Rew 1984 Mbalax
3 1070 Salif Keita Soro 1987 Mande Music
4 1204 Fela and Africa 70 Zombie 1976 Afrobeat
5 1437 Ali Farka Touré with Ry Cooder Talking Timbuktu 1994 Mande Music
Songhai Music
Blues
6 1553 Cesaria Evora Miss Perfumado 1992 Morna
7 1678 Ali Farka Touré Savane 2006 Mande Music
Songhai Music
Blues
8 1703 Salif Keita Moffou 2002 Mande Music
9 1799 Konono No. 1 Congotronics 2005 Tradi-Modern
10 1896 Baaba Maal & Mansour Seck Djam Leelii 1983 Mande Music
Mbalax
11 1990 Amadou & Mariam Dimanche à Bamako 2004
12 2008 Fela Anikulapo Kuti Sorrow Tears and Blood/Black President [1981] 1977 Afrobeat
13 2376 Ketama/Toumani Diabaté/Danny Thompson Songhai 1988 African Folk Music
Songhai Music
Flamenco Nuevo
14 2401 Babatunde Olatunji Drums of Passion 1960 Apala
15 2457 Tinariwen Aman Iman: Water is Life 2007 Tishoumaren
16 2619 Tinariwen Imidiwan: Companions 2009 Tishoumaren
17 2736 Mahmoud Ahmed Eré Méla Méla/Ethiopiques 7 1975 Ethio-Jazz
Tizita
18 2770 Youssou N'Dour Nelson Mandela 1985 Mbalax
19 2952 King Sunny Adé Synchro System 1983 Jj


Albums "bubbling under" the all-time top 3000:
Ladysmith Black Mambazo Shaka Zulu 1987 Mbube
Nguni Folk Music
Fela Ransome Kuti & Africa 70 Expensive Shit 1975 Afrobeat
Ali Farka Touré The River 1990 Mande Music
Songhai Music
Fela Kuti Roforofo Fight 1972 Afrobeat
Baaba Maal Lam Toro 1992 Mbalax
Fela Original Sufferhead 1981 Afrobeat
Fela Ransome Kuti & The Africa 70 Gentleman 1973 Afrobeat
Ali Farka Touré & Toumani Diabate Ali & Toumani 2010 Mande Music
Songhai Music
Geoffrey Oryema Exile 1990 African Folk Music
Fela Coffin for Head of State 1981 Afrobeat
Fela Ransome Kuti & The Africa 70 Confusion 1975 Afrobeat
Tinariwen The Radio Tisdas Sessions 2001 Tishoumaren
Bombino Nomad 2013 Tishoumaren
Fela Anikulapo Kuti Shuffering & Shmiling 1977 Afrobeat
Toumani Diabaté with Ballake Sissoko New Ancient Strings 1999 Mande Music
Angelique Kidjo Logozo 1991 Fon Music Pop
Fela Ransome Kuti & The Africa 70 Open & Close 1971 Afrobeat
Amadou & Mariam Welcome to Mali 2008 Pop
Toumani Diabaté & Sidiki Diabaté Toumani & Sidiki 2014 Mande Music
Tinariwen Amassakoul 2004 Tishoumaren
Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba Jama Ko 2013 Mande Music
Oumou Sangare Worotan 1996 Wassoulou
Cheikh Lo Ne La Thiass 1996 Mbalax
Toumani Diabaté The Mandé Variations 2008 Mande Music
Youssou N'Dour Nothing's in Vain (Coono du réér) 2002 Mbalax
Osibisa Woyaya 1971 Highlife Jazz-Rock
Rokia Traoré Bowmboi 2003 Mande Music
Baaba Maal Live at the Royal Festival Hall 1999 Mbalax
Kasai Allstars In the 7th Moon, the Chief Turned into a Swimming Fish and Ate the Head of His Enemy by Magic (Congo 2008 Tradi-Modern
Baaba Maal Missing You (Mi Yeewnii) 2001 Mbalax
Toumani Diabaté Boulevard de l'indépendence 2006 Mande Music



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